Robb Report Singapore - - Time -

o reach an an­nual pro­duc­tion of 15,000 move­ments within the next seven years was the tar­get set by Chopard for its Fleurier Ebauches man­u­fac­ture. This fa­cil­ity, ac­quired by the com­pany in 2007, had been com­pletely re­stored and ren­o­vated to achieve that lofty goal. In 2012, it man­aged 5,000 units but by 2014, that num­ber grew to 11,000 with a work­force of 40 peo­ple, po­si­tion­ing it nicely to hit the 15,000 mark within the fol­low­ing year. All 5,100sqm here are ded­i­cated to ma­chin­ing, dec­o­ra­tion, jewel fit­ting and assem­bly.

Fleurier Ebauches was de­signed and built ac­cord­ing to strict eco­log­i­cal stan­dards, earn­ing it the Min­ergie la­bel. In­ter­nal au­to­mated con­trol with data from a weather sta­tion en­sures a sta­ble room tem­per­a­ture through­out the year, so there’s no need to use heat­ing fuel. Two heat pumps, one to heat the build­ing and the other to cool the ma­chines, draw nat­u­ral warmth from the base­ment.

Ad­di­tion­ally, two pipes, one trans­port­ing hot wa­ter and the other, cold, snake through the ra­di­at­ing ceil­ing, avoid­ing the drafts that hin­der work in a clean en­vi­ron­ment. Lastly, in­ven­tory is kept strictly un­der hy­gro­met­ric con­trol to pro­tect against hu­mid­ity.

To­day the fac­tory pro­duces move­ments for Chopard’s three key lines: Su­per­fast, Clas­sic and Im­pe­ri­ale. It com­ple­ments the Chopard man­u­fac­ture which is in charge of high watch­mak­ing and makes LUC cal­i­bres ex­clu­sively. www.chopard.com

The highly au­to­mated pro­duc­tion lines and just-in-time or­gan­i­sa­tion at Fleurier Ebauches are aimed at min­imis­ing in­ven­tory and max­imis­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity. Fac­ing page: the an­nex (on the left) is across the road from the ex­ist­ing A Lange & Sohne build­ing and is con­nected via a foot­bridge.

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